We are learning more about the man accused of fatally stabbing 11-year-old Josue Flores.
Andre Jackson, the 27-year-old accused murderer, had been arrested at least two times in Harris County before the stabbing. We spoke to Bellaire Police Chief Byron Holloway about the incidents that took place in 2015 and earlier this year.
“We never really know who we have in jail or what they’re capable of,” Holloway said. “We have very bad people moving through all these communities every single day.”
Jackson, a homeless former Marine, claimed he has PTSD. In 2015, he had his first bizarre run in with the cops after he went to eat at a Bellaire-area restaurant, Thai Cottage. Restaurant manager Angie Sukaviyiia said she vividly remembers the incident.
Sukaviyiia said Jackson ate some of his noodles and wings and then asked for the rest to be prepared to-go. He then tried to leave and was confronted by the manager.
“When he was gonna pay, he said, ‘I don’t have money.’ And then I said, ‘OK, if you don’t have money then give me your ID and you can call me later,’” Sukaviyiia said.
He tried to take off and Sukaviyiia tried to stop him, but he got as far as the nearest bus stop before officers caught him. He was charged with theft and spent two nights in jail instead of paying a fine.
Sukaviyiia said she was shocked the same man is now behind bars for allegedly stabbing Flores to death.
“He deserves it,” she said. “He deserves to be in jail all his life.”
Bellaire Police saw Jackson again in March of this year after a tow truck driver reported that he noticed Jackson suspiciously walking around a Bellaire neighborhood, carrying a bag of food. The witness said Jackson then disappeared inside an abandoned home. Police officers said he entered through a broken window and was found in the living room of the home, which was schedule to be torn down.
Holloway isn’t sure how long Jackson had been there, but he was arrested and charged with trespassing.
“He did have some knowledge of it because he went directly to a vacant house and entered it from the back,” Holloway said.
If Jackson does have some kind of mental illness, Holloway hopes there’s something done in the future that can help the justice system recognize the signs.
He believes it could help keep potentially dangerous people off the street.
“I hope that in my career, that we see some kind of diagnostic tool that can be employed in jails for the prison population,” Holloway said.